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Scholarships

As at most graduate schools, our students fund their studies through loans, scholarships and part-time employment. At Korbel, we're proud to offer a variety of awards that help relieve financial burden and bolster your academic credibility. We also partner with a number of programs and organizations dedicated to federal service.

Undergraduate Awards

We use a variety of sources to help supplement the cost of your DU education, including grants, scholarships, loans and Work-Study awards. Your academic profile and financial need will both factor into the type and amount of financial aid you receive as an undergraduate.

Learn more about undergraduate scholarships here.

Graduate Awards

  • Merit Scholarships

    Degree-seeking master's applicants who pursue full-time studies are automatically considered for competitive, merit-based aid during the review process. Scholarships range from approximately 15 to 50 percent of the annual cost of tuition.

  • Sié Fellowships

    Sié Fellowships are full-tuition awards given each fall to five outstanding applicants who have been admitted to a master's program at Korbel. The fellowships are highly competitive and are granted to applicants who have superior academic credentials and significant work experience in the field.

    Applicants to the fall term who apply before the priority application deadline are automatically considered for the fellowship.

  • PhD Assistantships

    All applicants admitted to the doctoral program are eligible to receive a full-tuition scholarship and a living stipend of $20,000 per year for the first three years of study. We offer additional research fellowships, teaching positions and doctoral grants to ABD candidates beginning in the fourth year of study.

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Partner Programs

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

    The Korbel School is proud to be a participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, and eligible veterans and their dependents can attend master’s studies tuition-free. The University’s Office of Veterans Services is also here to support the transition to graduate school.

    Learn about the VA Educational Benefits Program, check your eligibility and apply for benefits here.

  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

    Korbel has long had one of the largest RPCV populations in the country, and we award Coverdell Fellowships to eligible volunteers on a competitive basis. Fellowship recipients are guaranteed the following benefits at the master's level:

    • A scholarship covering at least 30% of the annual cost of tuition
    • A waiver of language requirements as needed for degree completion
    • If desired, a reduction in required internship hours from 150 to 75 as needed for degree completion


    All eligible RPCVs receive an application fee waiver for master’s programs, and if not selected for a Coverdell Fellowship, may still receive the language waiver described above.

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

    Admitted master's applicants who hold the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award receive a dollar-for-dollar matching scholarship from Korbel.

  • Fulbright Program

    The Korbel School works with offices around the globe to offer scholarship funds to Fulbright Fellows. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at [email protected]

  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    The Korbel School will waive the application fee and cover the difference between fellowship tuition funds and the cost of tuition for any Pickering Fellow admitted to a master’s program at the School.

    Confirmed finalists who did not receive a Pickering Fellowship are eligible for a Korbel scholarship that covers up to 50% of the annual cost of tuition.

  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

    The Korbel School will waive the application fee and cover the difference between fellowship tuition funds and the cost of tuition for any Rangel Fellow admitted to a master’s program at the School.

    Confirmed finalists who did not receive a Rangel Fellowship are eligible for a Korbel scholarship that covers up to 50% of the annual cost of tuition.

  • Donald M. Payne Fellowship Program

    The Korbel School will waive the application fee and cover the difference between fellowship tuition funds and the cost of tuition for any Payne Fellow admitted to a master’s program at the School.

    Confirmed finalists who did not receive a Payne Fellowship are eligible for a Korbel scholarship that covers up to 50% of the annual cost of tuition.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Visit our main financial aid page for more information on University-wide scholarship opportunities.

Financial Aid